Merry Christmas from all at Ebbw Vale RFC
REL savours Saturday’s defeat of Llanelli
Addicts Travel (EAT) to Bedwas
The first supporters’ bus to Bedwas is already full for next Saturday (27th December) so EAT are looking to run a further bus. However, this will depend on numbers.
We will be leaving Ebbw Vale at 12:30pm and will return from Bedwas at 5:30pm
If you wish to travel to Bedwas with EAT then please contact the travel number 07855710294 on Monday 22nd Dec or Tuesday 23rd Dec to confirm a seat.
Enjoy the Christmas break and we’ll see you all next weekend! #FeelTheSteel
Ebbw climb to second place after defeating Llanelli
Ebbw Vale go into the Christmas period in second place in the Principality Premiership, following a 31-24 victory over Llanelli in the best game seen at Eugene Cross Park so far this season.
Llanelli were first on the board as former ECP favourite, Josh Lewis, chipped the home defence then collected the ball to cross at the posts. His conversion gave Llaneli a 7-0 lead, just deserts for their enterprise.
On their first real foray into the visitors’ 22m area, the Ebbw pack drove a 5m scrum towards the line and, when it went down, referee Craig Evans went straight between the posts to award the penalty try that Iain Smerdon converted to bring Ebbw level. They led 7 minutes later and it was scrum dominance that once again proved the vital factor. As Llanelli’s pack retreated, Harri Keddie picked up and charged before feeding Rhys Downes who raced home from 35m, leaving Llaneli’s Scarlet full back, Jordan Williams, sitting on the grass. Smerdon converted and it was 14-7 to Ebbw.
Williams is too good a player to be away from the action for long and it was his superb, decisive break down the Llanelli right that set up Josh Adams for his team’s second try. Lewis tied the scores with the coversion then added a penalty to put Llanelli 17-14 up.
Ebbw were back ahead within 2 minutes after Ed Price was yellow carded for killing the ball in front of his own posts. Given Ebbw’s dominant scrummaging, many supporters were surprised that Ebbw opted to kick for the line out. Not as surprised as Llanelli’s forwards, though, as hooker Rhys Francis found Josh Jacas who took the opportunity afforded by disengaged opponents to stroll through for Ebbw’s third try. Smerdon again converted to make the half time score 21-17 to the Steelmen.
Five minutes after the restart, Ebbw had the bonus point wrapped up as prettily as a festive socks in glittery paper. Great work by Dan Haymond, who had a fine afternoon at full back, and Wes Cunliffe, set up centre Tom Hiscock for his team’s fourth try. Smerdon added the two and it was 28-17 to Ebbw.
Llanelli’s replacement Justin James gave his team hope with a smart score after 65 minutes that Lewis converted, but Smerdon soon widended the gap again with a penalty. Despite a resurgence in Llanelli’s scrummaging, and some intense pressure, the Steelmen’s defence proved impenetrable as backs and forwards tackled their hearts out, superbly led by Damien Hudd, to seal the 31-24 win.
Man of the Match was Ebbw scrum half Rhys Downes.
The team was: Dan Haymond; Wes Cunliffe, Tom Hiscock, Adam Jones, Tom James; Iain Smerdon, Rhys Downes; John Lavender, Rhys Francis, Rob Sevenoaks; Damien Hudd (c), Josh Jacas; Cameron Regan, Ronny Kynes, Harrison Keddie.
Bench: Jordan Howells, Carl Meyer, Chris Thomas, Ross Jones, Jonny Bowen, Luke Leddington, Rhys Clarke, Spencer Gibson.
Ebbw Vale - Tries: Penalty, Rhys Downes, Josh Jacas, Tom Hiscock
Cons: Iain Smerdon (4)
Pen: Iain Smerdon
Llanelli - Tries: Josh Lewis, Josh Adams, Justin James
Cons: Josh Lewis (3)
Pen: Josh Lewis
Christmas Present from Southern Hemisphere
The club are delighted to announce, after what seemed a never ending visa process, that Carl Mayer has safely arrived in the warmth of Ebbw Vale. He will train with the squad on Thursday and will look to be involved in the match day squad at the earliest opportunity. Carl, who made a great impression on and off the field last season, will be in Wales for the next three years. The club would like to acknowledge the assistance received from the WRU and Lyn Jones at the Newport Gwent Dragons in making this possible
From the departure gate we wish future success to Ethan Davies who, after a short stay, has decided to move on in search of a more regular starting berth.
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